Disciplinary Literacies Across Content Areas: Supporting Secondary Reading Through Functional Language Analysis

By making discipline-specific ways of using language explicit (and exploring meaning in content area texts), teachers can help adolescents better engage with school knowledge and more effectively develop disciplinary literacies across academic content areas.

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Systemic functional linguistics is reshaping how educators teach language and literacy to English Language Learners (ELLs) while an emphasis on the strategies and skills that are the mainstay of elementary reading instruction fails to recognize the significant differences in reading demands that emerge in secondary schooling. Look for forthcoming modules: http://www.soe.umich.edu/research/grants/201007_palincsar_schleppegrell/.